Amid global fears over the new mutant strain of coronavirus, an evening curfew has been announced in Karnataka – between 10 PM to six AM – till January 2. Karnataka has become the second state after Maharashtra to announce new restrictions in the week as concern grows over the new strain, which is believed to be 70 per cent more infectious. it had been first found within the uk .
All passengers coming from the united kingdom will need to undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR tests within 72 hours, the government has said.
“In view of the new strain of coronavirus, it’s been decided to impose (a) night curfew from today to January 2 between 10 PM to six AM. I request everyone to cooperate,” Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said today. He had told reporters yesterday “there’s no need for night curfew for now,” while stressing “we’ve to be extra cautious”, press agency PTI reported.
“This (night curfew) has been done to stop and contain the coronavirus strain found within the UK. We also are monitoring international passengers arriving within the state,” Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said, adding “there’s no ban on inter-state travel”. Schools will reopen for sophistication 10 and sophistication 12 students from January 1, the Health Minister said.
The new restrictions are likely to cloud the Christmas and New Year celebrations. “Between December 23 and January 2, no event or festive celebration is allowed to require place after 10 pm. It applies to each quite event,” Dr K Sudhakar told reporters today when asked if Christmas celebrations would be allowed on Friday.
On Monday, Maharashtra announced an 11 PM to six AM night curfew till January 5 in Mumbai and other cities, each day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he was against an evening curfew although experts had recommended it.
Maharashtra has the foremost number of Covid cases within the country – 19,02,458 – followed by Karnataka (9,11,382).